Best Smart Plugs for 2020
Smart plugs can turn just about anything into a smart device. Here are this year's best picks.
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What is a Smart Plug?
Smart plugs transform your traditional appliances and lights into smart devices. For example, you can plug your living room lamp into a smart plug and then control the lamp using the plug’s app. Smart plug apps typically let you turn something on and off, or put it on a schedule to turn on or off automatically. Some smart plugs can do even more. Here are the best smart plugs for 2020.
Best Outdoor Smart Plug
Want to control Christmas lights, swimming pool pumps or other outdoor electronics through your smartphone or voice commands? The Kasa Smart Outdoor Plug ($30) has an IP64 rating, which means it’s waterproof and safe for outdoor usage. It also has two outlets, so you can control two devices with one plug. It’s also Google Assistant and Alexa compatible.
Best Smart Plug for Alexa and Google Assistant
Most smart plugs work well with Alexa and Google Assistant, but the TP Link Kasa Smart Wi-Fi Plug with Energy Monitoring ($24) does a little more. Besides controlling appliances and lights, it also monitors how much electricity they use. This feature can be especially useful on large appliances like refrigerators or window AC units.
Best Homekit Smart Plug
The Wemo Mini Smart Plug ($30) is one of the best smart plugs on the market and works really well with Homekit. One of the mini’s best features is its slim design that prevents it from blocking the outlet next to it.
Best Smart Plug for SmartThings
Like the Wemo Mini, the Samsung SmartThings Smart Plug ($35) is compact so that it doesn’t block other outlets. It was specifically designed for the SmartThings network, so it works well with the SmartThings App and SmartThings Hub.
Best Smart Plug for the Kitchen
If you’re like most people, your one wish for your kitchen would be more electrical outlets. The Syncwire Mini Wi-Fi Smart Plug ($20) solves this problem by providing two sockets for one outlet. It works with Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant and IFTTT too, plus it can also monitor the energy usage of your appliances.
Best Smart Plug for Lights
The Lutron Caseta Dimmer Plug ($45) is the perfect pair for the lamps in your house. Unlike most smart plugs, the Lutron Caseta can dim your lights as well as turn them on and off or put them on a schedule. It’s compatible with Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant and Apple HomeKit, too.